We are shown how Renae raised Harriet, as Harriet and her friends go on a drunken joyride that ends in a car accident and Carlson bringing her back to Renae. Harriet lets it slip that she overheard about the Dead Hand and that she saw Carlson kill the hiker. Renae and Carlson need to know what all she knows. Meanwhile, Ellis links up with an old Soviet agent named Vil, and the two make their way towards Mountainview.
Dead Hand #4 further complicates the tenuous peace of Mountainview with the approach of Ellis and Vil as well as Harriet's rebellious youth landing her in the middle of the conspiracy.
Harriet's rebellious actions are possibly the hardest to swallow character choices in this series thus far. She is almost suicidally impulsive given that she's already seen Carlson kill someone. She lands in a city conspiracy and is brash an open with every action, not intuiting this could get her hurt, incarcerated, or killed regardless of what she finds at the heart of it all.
Vil is an interesting new character for the mix. He has an implied history of bouncing between Russia and America on multiple occasions and is an old Soviet wardog watching dreams of Russian greatness fade away.
Renae is turning out a little more boring than I hoped. Perhaps future issues can liven this character up still.
Stephen Mooney and Jordie Bellaire continue to make this a damn gorgeous comic with impeccable detailing and vibrant color work. Each page is rendered to brilliant ends, and each character has an expressive face and body language. Harriet is a little hard to buy as a teenager, as her design makes her look a good bit older. However, that's a small quibble in the end.
The Dead Hand #4 has a few more weaknesses than prior issues, but the story is still interesting and most of the characters quite engaging. The artwork continues to be great, and, in the end, this one earns another recommendation. Check it out.